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Web stuff
Some stuff about the Web
  • The seven wonders of the web
  • The Internet Taxman Cometh "October 21, 2001 was an important date in Internet history, but one that passed without much notice. This was the day that the temporary three-year moratorium on Internet taxes expired."
  • eNarrative's Chat with Peter Merholz "I don't believe any of our clients use weblogs. Our clients tend towards the big and corporate, and such notions of unregulated publishing would likely cause managers to break out into cold sweats. "
  • 10 things Google has found to be true - "7) There's always more information out there. ...Google's researchers continue looking into ways to bring all the world's information to users seeking answers. " While over at google check out Zeitgeist "Our Year-End Google Zeitgeist feature provides a glimpse at what captivated the world over the past 12 months, based on the most popular search terms on the world's most popular search engine."

End of the year stuff
  • List of 2001 lists "I assumed that I would reach some conclusions; that once it's all over, I would have learned something; that I would have something to say. But 200+ links later, I've learned nothing from the cacophony. It's not the kind of cacophony that one can write about -- no, this kind is stultifying."
  • Top Science News stories of 2001
  • Why Champagne makes you tipsy quicker "The reason why champagne makes you more drunk than wine still remains a mystery. According to Ms Ridout, "One theory is that the very high carbon dioxide content, an estimated 250 million bubbles per glass, somehow speeds up the flow of alcohol into the small intestines and force more alcohol into the bloodstream." "
  • And because its the bubbly time of year we all should learn from this Quicktime video on Opening a Bottle of Sparkling Wine

Christmas in 1918
I pulled these out just in time for Christmas. These are from a page of stickers that appeared in the December 1918 Ladies' Home Journal. They were meant to be stuck on letters sent to soldiers who were in Europe or on their way. Here's the entire page

Stuff I missed
Here's a list of week or two old links that I wanted to mention.
Misc Science
  • All about snowflakes "If water and ice are clear, then why does snow look white? The short answer is that snowflakes have so many light-reflecting surfaces they scatter the light into all of its colors, so snow appears white."
The Web
  • The First American Web page was created ten years ago, and CNET asks Zeldman, Tiffany Shlain, Tim Berners-Lee and others to examine "the changes wrought by this breakthrough invention's past--and its future."
  • Evolution, not revolution A short history of digital photography. "In 1997, the Associated Press decided to go strictly digital. By 2000, every darkroom in the organization had been ripped out. Major newspapers throughout the country have also made the switch. Today almost every daily newspaper photo you see was shot with a digital camera--in some cases, with pricey (five-figure) ones. But more recently, newspapers have been using digicams such as the Nikon D1, which costs about $5,000, and the Olympus E-10, which sells for less than $2,000."

Anti-Bear Suits and furry people
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the guy who wanted to test his anti-bear suit on a real bear, he tried it out and the 1200lb Kodiak ripped the chainmail in the armored suit apart. Luckily he wasn't in it. He's going to try it again in the spring.

While searching for this news I found the flayrah weblog, which covers animals and an entire category of interest I had no idea existed - "Furries" or fans of anthropomorphic creatures. I knew there was this kind of art and fiction, but had no idea it was this big a thing. They even have an auction site "Furbid". It's not all cute talking furry creatures however. There seems to be a lot of homo-erotic-anthromorph art. Well, it might be erotic to some, but I laughed my ass off when I saw this homo-erotic giraffe. (That one's PG-13, unlike many others).

More proof
When I started this blog more than two years ago I set out to prove that all human knowledge will soon be accessible on the Web. How To Eat Rocks, A Helpful Guide for the Beginner, is just more proof. "Many beginners don't realize you don't have to, and indeed shouldn't, chew every rock. It's a matter of simple physics! Your teeth are only about 4.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale (10 being diamond and 1 being talc). Your teeth are going to give long before that piece of granite is, so don't even try! Obviously, your chewing rocks are the ones lower on the Mohs scale: talc, limestone, mica, sandstone, halite, gypsum, graphite, chalk, coal, etc."

Research links

More random Web page travels
  • Good coverage of KMPG being dumb-asses, with updates
  • NASA satellite will monitor uncharted atmosphere NASA is sending a satellite to study the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere/Ionosphere (MLTI). "This section of the atmosphere is located between 60 and 180 kilometres above the surface of the planet. It has remained largely a mystery, because conventional balloons and planes cannot reach this height, and satellites cannot orbit Earth at a low enough altitude to perform direct observations." ..."Electrical currents that flow through the MLTI region are responsible for the auroras that can be seen close to the north and south poles."

Web page travels
Just some places I've been to recently

Link Jam
Due to time constraints, some sort of mandatory cable modem upgrade, the @home situation and other conditions beyond my control, I've gotten behind in my reading. I do have a list of things I haven't read, however. I'll try to add some comments about the following if I ever get the chance to read them.

Interesting looking Weblogs War Articles Web stuff
  • "Goner" virus reaches outbreak status
  • Everybody is linking to kpmg, even though they don't have permission. If they don't want people linking to their content, maybe they SHOULDN't PUBLISH IT ON THE WEB!
  • Design Not Found - The best and worst of contingency design. From 37 signals.
  • CSS Positioning I think I've linked to this before, but xblog reminds me to get around to reading it. xblog is responsible for the previous link as well.
Random Stuff
  • I'm following the Al Qaeda duped by internet bomb manual hoax It looks like just another level of hoax. The original document is pretty obvious as a hoax - "Please remember that Plutonium, especially pure, refined Plutonium, is somewhat dangerous. Wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling the material, and don't allow your children or pets to play in it or eat it. Any left over Plutonium dust is excellent as an insect repellant. You may wish to keep the substance in a lead box if you can find one in your local junk yard, but an old coffee can will do nicely. "
  • Man to test bear suit against Kodiak next week I remember seeing the film "Project Grizzly" (go look for it yourself at amazon) where this guy crash-tested this armor suit by getting hit by trucks, logs, and having some guy whack him with a baseball bat but no bears. He finaly gets to test it against a real thing.

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